Brad Jones Racing Supercars driver Nick Percat has committed to the remaining three rounds in the 2017 Australian Kart Championship.
The 2011 Bathurst 1000 winner will join the CRG Australia team for the campaign, which follows an 11th place finish during a cameo appearance earlier this month in Geelong.
Percat has his sights set on running at the front of the elite KZ2 field as he looks to keep sharp between Supercars events.
“Testing is so limited in Supercars you’ve got to make sure you stay on top of your game and for me there is no better training than actual racing,” said Percat.
“I’m really excited about being able to commit to the remainder of this year’s championship with the CRG Australia team.
“I won’t be out there just to make the numbers up, I’ll be out there to fight for podium results – both for myself and the team.”
Percat says that without the support of his Supercars team owner Brad Jones, racing a kart at this level would not be possible.
“At the end of the day we’re all racers, if it’s got wheels we’ll race it and deep down Brad is one of the purest racers you’ll ever meet,” he said.
“He can really see the benefit of karting and I thank him for allowing me to be able to race and do what I love doing.
“Driving a KZ2 gearbox kart is more physical than driving a Supercar.
“You’re doing something between 25 and 35 gear changes per 40 second lap, with karts right in front and behind you – it’s intense.
“Anything that can keep you sharp in between rounds is a real bonus in the long run.”
Percat will make his debut with the CRG team at Round 3 of the Australian Kart Championship in Monarto, South Australia next month (May 26-28).
He currently sits 21st in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship after a rough start to the year that has seen him involved in incidents at every event.